Ben Frederickson: MLB umpires, you’re out. It’s time for an automated strike zone.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I feel bad for the good umps. Automated strike zones called by robots are not coming to the major leagues next season, but the trend is marching along through the lower levels, and the big change could happen as early as 2024. Unfortunately for the good MLB umpires — yes, they do exist — there continue to be too many reminders of why the approaching change is probably for the best. Some of the examples have played out with the Cardinals this season. There was the horrific strike zone of plate umpire Ed Hickox in a recent series finale against the Yankees. That one benefited the Cardinals more …

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